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Monday, August 19, 2019

Israel/World

Dutch Insurers Lobby Against Lantos Bill

The Hague—Several Dutch insurance companies are lobbying against the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act which has once again been introduced in Congress. The bill had been introduced previously, a number of times in years past, under pressure from a group of survivors led by lawyer Sam Dubbin of Florida. It seeks the granting of permission to file individual

MTA Freshman ties in Israel Bible Contest: First non-Israeli in 20 years to win

NEW YORK–In mid-April, Yishai Eisenberg of Passaic, NJ, a freshman at Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB), became the first non-Israeli in 20 years to win the Chidon HaTanakh, Israel’s annual International Bible Competition for high school students.  Eisenberg, who dominated the competition from the outset, also became the first champion in

Hoenlein: “Don’t Believe Everything You Read” About Middle East & Israel

New York—Buried somewhere in all the words written about the Middle East are facts on the ground, and in an exclusive interview with JLBC on Erev Shabbos, May 10, Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, talks about the risks of knee-jerk reactions to media reports that are not

Florida to Seek Restitution for Holocaust Survivors

TALLAHASSEE—A bill that would allow the state to seek restitution for property and money Nazi’s took from Holocaust victims during World War II is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott. The measure (HB 913) unanimously passed the Florida Senate week after the House unanimously passed it. The bill would let the Department of Financial Services seek restitution for Holocaust

The Jewish World at 35,000 Feet

The little airplane icon on the screen of the seat in front of me shows we’re somewhere over Kansas. As I strain my eyes to look a bit closer, it appears that we’re right near Topeka, over a town called Manhattan.  I look down outside my window and give the good folks of Manhattan my own little bracha from high above: “I hope you have clean air and no

Rinat - Touro Yom Iyun

On Sunday May 5th, Congregation Rinat Yisrael will host a “Morning of Jewish Learning” featuring renowned deans, professors, and scholars from Touro College.

With six notable speakers of varied backgrounds, the topics will be widely diverse, carrying a mixed appeal.  They range from Romanticism and Rav Soloveitchik, to the Roots of Satmar

Hezbollah Drone Shot Down by IDF near Haifa

Haifa—According to JNS,  “The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) used F-16s and Israel Air Force helicopters to shoot down a drone approaching the coast of the northern city of Haifa from Lebanon. The Hezbollah terrorist organization is suspected of sending the drone. After shooting the drone down at about 6,000 feet, the IDF navy searched for its wreckage in the

Tightening the Bond: NORPAC Meets Congress

Washington, DC—Yom Yerushalayim: In the early morning hours, in towns and cities throughout the greater New York metropolitan area, (but mostly in North Jersey) one thousand dedicated supporters of Israel boarded buses for an intense day trip to Washington, D.C. to meet and speak with legislators whose votes are essential to maintaining the United States’

Jordan Faces Reality: Works with Israel on Common Cause

From Combined Services

Amman—Faced with threats from its next door neighbor Syria, a threat shared with its other neighbor, Israel, French sources report that Jordan opened two air corridors to make it possible for Israeli drones to fly over Syria without flying over Lebanon. Le Figaro, a French newspaper reported that the decision followed a secret

Sy Syms Business School Celebrates 26 Years

Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business celebrated its 26th anniversary and the graduating class of 2013 with a Gala Awards Dinner on April 23. The evening honored students and faculty who excelled within their fields and demonstrated exceptional character and included a presentation of the inaugural Sy Syms Humanitarian Award to New York Daily News

Kosher Shechita OK’d in Poland

Warsaw—The Polish government is going to allow shechita and halal slaughter in Poland, despite the ban instituted by the Polish Constitutional Court in December 2012 after animal rights groups applied pressure to do so. The new regulations still have to be adopted by Polish parliament. Written to “eliminate the most shocking methods of animal slaughter,”

OU Neighborhood Fair Showcases Communities Across America

Judy Wallace lived in Louisville, Kentucky in 2001 while being successfully treated for a medical problem. Her physician later served as sandek (holding the baby) at her son’s brit. Years afterward, with her six children in tow, Mrs. Wallace moved back to Louisville in what she described as an act of hakarat hatov,